The ASA Sport Governing Board have agreed the following in relation to hearing impaired swimmers.
Multi-classification events are only open to swimmers with an impairment which is included in the Paralympics i.e. classifications S1 to S14 inclusive. Classification S15 (Hearing Impairment) is not included in Paralympic Events.
Hearing impaired swimmers (S15) may compete in events if the meet conditions allow for S15 events. Medals are to be awarded within this specific classification as these swimmers are not eligible to compete for medals in multi-classification events.
S15 does not have to be swum separately as the results can be extracted from the overall event.
Hearing impaired swimmers may compete in any able bodied event. An appropriate starting signal should be agreed between the swimmer and the referee.